Welcome to St. John's Church, Lafayette Square—a vibrant historic Episcopal church located across from the White House. We invite you to join with us for worship, Christian fellowship and outreach.


From our organization as a parish in 1815 to today, St. John's Church has provided a powerful symbol of faith in the heart of our nation's capital.


At St. John's, we believe Christ is calling us to be a renewed church in a changing world. In worship, education, parish life, and social action, we seek to expand our horizons by serving God by loving one another.

Clergy, Staff, & Vestry

Meet St. John’s diverse and engaging clergy, vestry and staff.

Directions & Parking

Located at the corner of 16th and H Streets in Northwest Washington, St. John's is near the McPherson Square and Farragut North Metro stations. Limited street parking is available; free valet parking is offered for certain hours.
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Pathways Through Lent

Wednesday in the Third Week of Lent

Herr, lehre doch mich, daß ein Ende mit mir haben muß, und mein Leben ein Ziel hat, und ich davon muß. Siehe, meine Tage sind einer Hand breit vor dir, und mein Leben ist wie nichts vor dir. 
Ach, wie gar nichts sind alle.

Tuesday in the Third Week of Lent

In Exodus, an enslaved people has been freed by an omnipotent God. This is a Superhero God who hears the cries of his people and responds in a Superhero Way. The adversary is brought to his knees by miraculous signs: a staff is turned.

Monday in the Third Week of Lent

The story of Naaman, the commander of the Syrian king’s army seeking a cure for his leprosy, is about a well-off man looking for a solution to his biggest problem, not a new religion. He comes from a society that treats lepers as regular.

The Third Sunday in Lent

For me, a recent blizzard-induced travel delay seemed like the perfect Lenten analogy and ultimately provided a wonderful meditation about the season and God’s promise. Like many other Washingtonians, winter storm Jonas derailed my best-laid plans, leaving me frustrated, uncertain and anxious. After attending.

Saturday in the Second Week of Lent

Unfinished Business Some years ago, a friend was gravely injured in a freak accident. She was taken to the hospital where she died the next day, without ever regaining consciousness. I later heard that her devastated partner, arriving at the hospital, said simply, “There.